Catholic by Choice

Catholic by Choice

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Choosing to be Catholic: Catholics Returning to the Church

I named this blog “Catholic by Choice” with a specific purpose, to communicate to those who read my writing that I choose to be a Catholic Christian and love the Catholic Church. I am a “revert” to the Catholic Church. […]


Catholics and the Feast of Corpus Christi

On Thursday June 23, 2010,at 7 p.m., the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father celebrated Mass on the square in front of Rome’s St. John Lateran Basilica. Following this Liturgy he presided at the traditional Eucharistic procession from the […]


Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: Catholic Christians and the Mass

There is a Latin maxim that addresses the centrality of worship in the life, identity and mission of the Catholic Church; “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi”. The phrase in Latin literally means the law of prayer (“the way we worship”), and […]


Whatever Happened to those Pentecostal/Charismatic Catholics?

This year the Liturgical celebration of Pentecost occurs on Sunday June 12. Among the many biblical accounts we will hear at Mass is this one: “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And […]

‘Doubting’ Thomas Teaches us the Way of Courageous Faith

The Second Sunday of Easter is “Divine Mercy Sunday” in the Catholic liturgical calendar. This year, it also became the day when beloved Pope John Paul II was beatified. Our Gospel (John 20: 19-31) recounted one of the Post-Resurrection appearances […]

Their Eyes were Opened: The Risen Jesus accompanies us on our Road to Emmaus

In keeping with the ancient Christian tradition the Catholic Church celebrates Easter for an octave, eight days. These days are seen as one continual celebration of the great event which forever changed human history. The octave opens into a liturgical […]

Happy Easter! The Tomb is Empty! Life reigns! Death dies, Alleluia!

Death was dealt a fatal blow at the wounded but glorified hands of the Warrior of love. Nothing can separate us from that Love incarnated in the Crucified, Risen Son of the True and Living God. Alleluia! The tomb is […]

One Reason we Call it Good Friday

Years ago, I served as Deacon at the solemn “Celebration of the Lords Passion” at Christ the King parish. This is the liturgy of Good Friday in the catholic Church. I had just carried the Cross into the waiting assembly […]

Holy Thursday Mandate: Washing Feet, Continuing the Redemptive Mission of Jesus

Last Sunday we celebrated Passion or Palm Sunday to begin what is called the Great or Holy Week. Just prior to the reading of the Passion Narrative, we heard proclaimed one of the most ancient of the passages contained within the […]

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Lord, Teach us to Pray: We Live the Way We Love and Love the Way we Pray
By: Deacon Keith Fournier “He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished , one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, ...

posted 10:45:49am Jul. 01, 2012 | read full post »

I am Glad to Be Back at Beliefnet: It is Time to Begin Again
I have not written a column for Beliefnet in a long time. I have been writing a lot - just in other venues. As is the case with all of us, my life just seems to get busier and busier. However, I have not been able to get Beliefnet - and its ...

posted 4:06:55pm Jan. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Pope Enters a Monastery - to Teach us All How to Pray in the ‘Real World’
On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI presided over Second Vespers with the Carthusian monks at Serra San Bruno. From the Chapel of that Carthusian monastery he shared beautiful  insights on silence and prayer which should be considered ...

posted 10:59:44am Oct. 13, 2011 | read full post »

A Catholic Activist Looks at the US Presidential Campaign of 2012 and the 'Catholic Vote'
After Labor Day, the US Presidential campaign of 2012 will move into high gear. Clearly, this is one of the most important elections of my lifetime.  The economy is in a free fall and the sense of fear in the United States is palpable. A ...

posted 12:38:32pm Aug. 23, 2011 | read full post »


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